TE Heath Miller - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-5, 255||Born: 10-22-1982||College: Virginia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 30|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): How much do the Steelers trust Heath Miller? He basically made the play to clinch the game on a long downfield pass. With Ben Roethlisberger playing well, Miller is a decent low ceiling TE option for the finals against the Chiefs defense.
General News (Thu Dec 18): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 17): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).
Week 16: vs Kansas City Chiefs
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. This game has profound playoff implications for both teams - look for a hard-fought contest. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 340 or more passing yards in five of his last six starts, and bombed Atlanta for 27/35 for 360 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions (with one sack taken for -7 yards) most recently. He, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell are automatic starters here in Week 16, while Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Heath Miller should all be considered seriously as well. There are a lot of balls and lots of yardage to go around on the Steelers' offense right now. The Kansas City pass D is currently second in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game (199.2 net yards allowed on average), but they've given out 21 passing scores vs. a league-worst four interceptions generated this year. Though the Chiefs do have 38 sacks (tied for sixth in the NFL), they generally pile up big sack numbers at home in thunderous Arrowhead Stadium, rather than on the road. Pittsburgh is currently 17th in the NFL with 32 sacks allowed. Derek Carr was sacked four times for -20 yards at Arrowhead last week (27/56 for 202 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown), while Drew Stanton was sacked twice at University of Phoenix Stadium (for -14 yards) on his way to 15/30 for 225 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown. Roethlisberger has a tougher-than-usual pass coverage on the way, but he shouldn't throw a gaggle of interceptions against this surprisingly not-ball-hawking secondary.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs NO (14 / 8 / 82 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller was the most highly-targeted Steeler receiver on the afternoon (14 targets) and managed to pull in over half of those targets to compile a nice fantasy day (8 receptions for 82 yards). Most of Miller's targets came across the middle when Ben Roethlisberger was unable to find his primary receivers in space. Despite his solid day, Miller remains a bye-week filler in fantasy circles due to his inconsistent involvement in the Steelers' offensive attack.
2014 Week 14 vs CIN (3 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
After an 8-catch performance versus New Orleans just a week ago, Heath Miller saw his action in the Steelers' offense dramatically diminished this week. Miller was targeted only three times on the afternoon. His sole catch, however, was a productive one; Miller was on the receiving end of a 1-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter on a play where he feigned a block before releasing an easily pulling in the catch. Miller also caught a 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
2014 Week 15 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)
Heath Miller once again did everything that was asked of him by the Steelers' offense. Miller ran pass routes effectively, catching 4 of his 5 targets, as well as staying behind to block when necessary. Miller's biggest catch of the day locked down the victory for his team; on third down late in the fourth quarter, Miller caught a 25-yard pass that allowed the Steelers to avoid giving the ball back to the Falcons when they were down only one score. After his catch, the Steelers were able to take the victory formation and run out the clock to secure the win.
Latest NewsSteelers | Heath Miller should be able to play (Fri Dec 19, 02:34 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16. link to story Steelers | Big Ben, Heath Miller back at practice (Thu Dec 18, 06:14 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) and TE Heath Miller (non-injury) both returned to a full practice Thursday, Dec. 18, after taking the day off Wednesday, Dec. 17. Our View: Roethlisberger is a top QB1 this week, while Miller is a generally underrated TE2 if you need the extra help.
Steelers | Heath Miller sits out (Wed Dec 17, 04:56 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. link to story Steelers | Heath Miller probable for Week 15 (Fri Dec 12, 03:39 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 15. link to story Steelers | Heath Miller has full practice (Thu Dec 11, 06:23 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury related) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 11. Our View: As always, Miller is a nice, sneaky play if you need a tight end replacement and we see him as a borderline TE1/TE2 this week against Atlanta.
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